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Zelenskyy holds Sumpreme C’n’C staff meeting: discusses defence of energy from Russian attacks

The President was briefed by the military, energy and intelligence.

Zelenskyy holds Sumpreme C’n’C staff meeting: discusses defence of energy from Russian attacks
Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Photo: Press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy chaired Sumpreme C’n’C staff meeting, where he heard reports from Chief of the Defence Forces Oleksandr Syrskyy and the intelligence services: Oleh Ivashchenko from the Foreign Intelligence Service and Kyrylo Budanov from the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine. The Minister of Defence Rustem Umerov and the Minister of Energy also reported.

Zelenskyy reported this in a telegram.

"Report of the Chief of the Defence Intelligence Oleksandr Syrskyy on the situation on the main directions, our defence needs and our future actions. Intelligence data: Oleh Ivashchenko from the SZR (Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine)and Kyrylo Budanov from the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine on the enemy's likely actions. A report by Defence Minister Rustem Umerov on contracts for the supply of weapons, electronic warfare systems and drones," the President wrote.

The head of state also received reports from the energy sector: representatives of the Ministry of Energy, Energoatom, Ukrenergo, and Naftogaz. The reports described the efforts they are making to protect the systems, restore damaged generation, and reconnect consumers.

"There was also a report by Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov on the protection of critical infrastructure, especially in the frontline and border regions," Zelenskyy said.

He noted that it is obvious that physical protection cannot fully protect some facilities from terrorist attacks. He also stressed that only sufficiently effective air defence can guarantee protection.

"We are grateful to those friends who understand this and quickly responded to our calls to support Ukraine's air defence. But the intensity of Russian attacks requires greater unity. By defending Israel, the free world has demonstrated that such unity is not only possible, but also one hundred per cent effective. The decisive actions of the allies prevented the success of terror and the loss of infrastructure and forced the aggressor to cool down. The same is possible in defending Ukraine, which, like Israel, is not a NATO member, from terror. And this does not require the activation of Article 5, only political will is enough," Zelenskyy concluded.

On 29 March, Zelenskyy changed the composition of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief's Staff. Oleksandr Lytvynenko, the Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine, was appointed as the coordinator of the Staff. In addition, the president appointed Oleh Ivashchenko, the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, to the staff.

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